"The HP EliteBook 2530p is a tough and elegant ultraportable well suited to road warriors. Its boot time is slow, but it's otherwise zippy and lasts almost 7 hours on a charge. The $1,999 Sony VAIO Z Series costs slightly less and delivers better performance and a bigger screen, but it doesn't feel as durable and it lasted 2 hours less on our battery test. The Lenovo ThinkPad X200 is also faster and lighter, but it doesn't offer an integrated optical drive. If you can work with a 12-inch display and want both an integrated DVD drive and long battery life, the EliteBook 2530p is a very good choice."